Archive: November 2016


10 November 2016

This week saw the arrival in Belfast of Ireland’s healthiest takeaway restaurant Camile Thai.  Set up by Brody Sweeney, founder of the O'Brien sandwich bar chain, the new Lisburn Road eatery  is the sixteenth for the group and creates 25 new jobs in the city. It is the company’s first foray into the UK market as the chain plans to open in London before Christmas. This week’s opening event welcomed local sports personalities and influencers, and locals are already flocking to taste the very best of fast fresh food – both on site and at home - as the menu specialises in restaurant quality food for delivery. There is even a mini menu offering for dogs. Order online at


10 November 2016

“Studio Souk, the non-profit maker and merchandise store for artists and creatives in the craft and clothing sector, recently relocated to a fabulous new home on Ann Street, Belfast, where it will continue operate for the next 10 years.  Formerly based on Castle Lane, the new studio opened its doors last week to excited guests, with a special Christmas themed re-launch event.  Guests were treated to a truly alternative shopping experience as they browsed a wide range of beautiful art and design work, across 3 floors, all whilst enjoying Suki Tea cocktails, Craft Beers and Skinny Prosecco.


01 November 2016
With a gesture like no other the Lady Boys of Bangkok declare a somewhat ‘Immortal beloved’ vow to the people of Belfast as they prepare to return to Custom House Square this November with their newest performance “Forever Yours”.
This year’s brand new production is a show like no other; performed by some of Thailand’s most energetic, exotic, eclectic and completely unpredictable show girls.  It promises to be a night of pure escapism that will release audiences from the humdrum of everyday life as the Sabi Pavilion will once again become a euphoric bubble of laughter, glamour, glitz and music.
With more songs and musical production numbers than you could shake a sequined hip to – this is one cabaret production that is quite simply too good to miss.  The entertainment is fast and unrelenting and with an eclectic mix of music from the likes of global superstars Katy Perry and Rhianna to West End musical hits from Sister Act, and other much loved theatrical performances, audiences are sure to be on their feet in what promises to be a night to remember!
The stage will burst into life as sixteen of Thailand’s most stunning Lady Boys wow in specially created and hand-sewn lavish costumes featuring feathers, sequins and a flair of flamboyance as their tour returns to the UK for its record breaking nineteenth year.  With two fully licensed bars and a resident chef always on hand to delight the audience’s taste buds with some authentic Thai cuisine, audiences will be transported to the Ladyboys’ very own oriental world.
Speaking of this year’s show Creative Director Phillip Gandey said a huge amount of time and effort went into breaking down the traditional boundaries between the stage and audience so that everyone will feel involved. “The essence of cabaret is to include the audience and as the Lady Boys of Bangkok is very much part of the cabaret genre, we’ve gone to great lengths to ensure our theatre production stays true to that concept”.
One of the principal artistes, Sonia (Mr Uten Pengsa Ard) The Dance Captain of the Lady Boys of Bangkok said: “We all love appearing in the UK and Ireland as it gives us the opportunity to bring our show to parts of the country that we might not otherwise be able to reach.  The audiences in Belfast always make us feel so welcome and we love to return year after year.  So Belfast just remember that although the show may only last a night the memories will be ‘Forever Yours…’”
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 “No one leaves without a smile on their face – and that’s the true success of this glitzy, sequin-clad sparkler of a show”
Manchester Evening News
“Forget the West End – one ticket to the Lady Boys of Bangkok admits you to the equivalent of at least half a dozen musicals, concerts and gigs, all under one roof”
Buzz, South Wales
“It’s an irresistible, irrepressible evening that guarantees a great night out!”
“If you have ever thought you fancied this show and not got round to it, then do yourself a favour and go this year. It’s funny, clever and entertaining from start to finish…You’ll regret it if you don’t”
“The Lady Boys of Bangkok are simply the best cabaret floor-show you will see at the Fringe or anywhere else, they are simply fantastic!”
"Escapism, lots of of the best value for money nights out money can buy "
“Makes most West End musicals look drab by comparison”
Manchester Evening News


05 November 2016
Shake up your wardrobe this autumn with an afternoon fashion event showcasing the latest autumn/winter collections from Magherafelt retailers.  
FASHIONWEEK director and fashionista Cathy Martin will host the chic, high-end catwalk shows on Saturday 5 November from 1pm-5pm in Meadowlane Shopping Centre.  The free event will showcase a range of local independent businesses, plus high street stores in the town centre as well as advice on hair and beauty trends.  
Councillor Trevor Wilson, Chairman of Mid Ulster District Council said:  "Magherafelt is fortunate to possess a unique blend of independent and high-street fashion stores and boutiques, attracting customers from near and far which inevitably goes toward strengthening the economic base of our local community.  
“The planned opening of Dorothy Perkins in Cuddy's Department Store in the town centre is testimony to its continued strength and growth.  This event will help showcase the latest fashion offerings of our local retailers and will help prove Magherafelt's unique position as a central fashion hub within Mid Ulster.”
Speaking of the not-to-be-missed event, organiser Cathy Martin added, “With four fashion shows taking place on the day at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm, shoppers will be spoilt for choice for a new season wardrobe.  I’ll be scouring all the local retailers for great products to include in the shows, and will aim to accommodate all shapes, budgets and age ranges. I’ve no doubt that Magherafelt retailers have what it takes to inspire some serious seasonal style.”
This event will give ladies the opportunity to learn all the latest fashion tips and local available collections to ensure you are Never Styled Better for this Autumn/Winter!
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